I used to tell Cindy that ideally I would like to live a semi-nomadic life, which for many years is exactly what we did. We had a home base in Los Angeles and then would go on location on jobs.
I loved it.
Then Cindy kept getting jobs in Atlanta and the "commute" between LA and Georgia become a bit much so Skye and I eventually moved out and joined Cindy.
But it was too landlocked for me and honestly the South is not my cup of tea. Don't get me wrong, I made a ton of great friends and the great majority of people from those parts are not racist rednecks, but as you got further from the city the number of Confederate flags in people's yard increased considerably; to some of these folk "the South Will Rise Again" is no joke. But like I said, they are the exception not the norm.
That said, a very important aspect to that lifestyle being bearable is "semi"; full nomadic which is how I'm living now for the most part is very, very hard in this day and age. And can get to be pretty pricey or dangerous is one chooses to skimp, by say sleeping in one's car or going to cheap motels in less than lovely neighborhoods which is where cheap motels are.
Since I wasn't working and from what everyone I was saying there wouldn't be much work for several weeks I decided to head out of town.
But where to go?
That's when things got a little crazy.
A Mixed Bag
The pics that follow are from LA, Joshua Tree and Lone Pine.
I've been pin balling around so I tend to lose track.
I had spent a good amount of time in Lone Pine many years ago when we were working on GI Jane. Not a lot had changed, which was nice.
I did some camping just outside of Bishop.
One of the main reasons I was in Bishop was to deal with transferring my truck from Georgia to California. I figured the DMV would be much less crowded and a bit more pleasant than those in LA.
And I was right. I didn't have an appointment and still managed to get out within a couple of hours which included a trip to the bank because I didn't have enough cash on me and they didn't accept credit cards.
It was super cold once the sun went down, so after 2 nights of uncomfortable sleep, I decided to head to warmer regions.
Rooms at Circus Circus were $18 a night; It'd be silly to pass up such a bargain.
Somehow I ended up at a pawn shop buying a camera and a couple lenses to I could start practicing a little photojournalism before my (hopefully) upcoming adventure to Mongolia.
As always the people watching was wonderful and beyond entertaining....
I veered off course and ended up using my 4-wheel drive for the first time in ages to get up a hill to check out the wild flowers that were in full bloom.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.